We are a relatively young professional organization, having been founded in 2009, and composed of over 350 professionals in the field of trace evidence. Our members include students, professors, forensic practitioners, and more. Despite our name, our membership includes representatives from a number of different countries.
Encourage the exchange and dissemination of ideas and information within the field of trace evidence through improving contacts between persons and laboratories engaged in trace evidence analysis.
Stimulate research and the development of new and/or improved scientific techniques for forensic trace applications.
Promote high standards of performance and professional ethics, and to acknowledge persons working in the recognized forensic science field of trace evidence.
While our objectives have never changed, we are continually looking for new ways to achieve them.
We currently encourage the exchange of ideas by publishing a peer-reviewed open access journal (Journal of the American Society of Trace Evidence Examiners), regularly publishing a newsletter, hosting networking receptions at professional meetings, and sponsoring free training workshops for our members.
We stimulate research and new ideas by offering research scholarships to promising students in the field of trace evidence.
Our members must adhere to the ASCLD/LAB “Guiding Principles of Professional Responsibility for Crime Laboratories and Forensic Scientists” code of ethics. Our Edmond Locard Award for Excellence in Trace Evidence is presented annually to acknowledge deserving individuals who have made significant contributions to the field.